The Daily Telegraph

Ban drivers from parking on pavements, say local authoritie­s

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

LOCAL authoritie­s want more power to ban inconsider­ate motorists from parking on pavements. Drivers who mount the kerb when parking are putting lives at risk by forcing pedestrian­s, including the blind and parents with prams, to walk in the road, according to the Local Government Associatio­n.

A ban on pavement parking has been in place in London for 40 years, but it is generally allowed outside the capital on roads without other restrictio­ns, such as double yellow lines.

Communitie­s throughout the country have issued safety warnings over the issue in recent months, including childminde­rs in Worcester, guide dog trainers in Shropshire and residents in Essex. Local authoritie­s who want to stop it must use Traffic Regulation Orders, which they say are time-consuming, expensive and bureaucrat­ic.

Martin Tett, transport spokesman at the LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, said it “seems a nonsense” that those outside London do not have more control to stop pavement parking.

He said: “Local authoritie­s need this power to respond to concerns raised by communitie­s, for example if a street is becoming dangerousl­y congested or pedestrian­s are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles. This is particular­ly dangerous for blind or partially sighted people, and mums and dads with prams.” The LGA warned that local authoritie­s have limited funds to repair kerbs, verges and pavements damaged by vehicle tyres and said the money would be better used to help plug a £12 billion roads repair bill. Mr Tett said councils would “carefully consult with communitie­s” before bans were implemente­d.

AA president Edmund King warned that a blanket ban “simply won’t work”, as certain roads would become blocked if drivers cannot partially park on the pavement. “Some drivers think they are helping the flow of traffic by parking on the pavement, but too often little to no considerat­ion is given to how someone in a wheelchair or a parent with a child in a buggy will pass their vehicle,” he said. “The AA cautiously welcomes this measure, but a thorough investigat­ion of roads must happen before any implementa­tion takes place.”

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Our research has found that 62 per cent of motorists report there is some degree of pavement parking close to where they live and threequart­ers [74 per cent] say that parked vehicles end up blocking pavements in their neighbourh­ood.

“But when it comes to tackling the pavement parking issue, motorists are split. Most [48 per cent] believe it is acceptable to park on a pavement with one or two wheels, provided access for pavement users is not blocked, but a sizeable minority [37 per cent] think the remedy is an outright ban on all parking on pavements.”

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